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Come on baby, light my fire

It’s time to grab some sparklers, don a bobble hat and wrap your mitts around a mug of mulled of wine. Over 400 years since Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the House of Lords, Bonfire Night is marked by some of the most wow-inducing parties of the year. Here’s six of the best from Cornwall’s feast of fireworks…


Forget simply watching the pyrotechnics, dare to kick off your shoes for a spot of barefoot fire walking. Part of the celebrations at Newquay Sports Centre, the sponsored Fire Walk is the first of its kind in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. But if you prefer not to char the soles of your feet you don’t have to miss out on the festivities: there’s a barbecue, bonfire and an amazing fireworks display to follow.

When? Saturday 3rd November, from 5pm

Entry: Fire Walk £25


Where better to watch the whizz, pop, bang of fireworks than over the moonlit St Ives Bay? Considered one of the best fireworks displays in the west, this event’s a real crowd puller, so come early to ensure parking nearby. No need to worry about the weather – there’s a marquee for shelter, and you can warm up at the family disco (that turns into a reggae club night later on).

When? Sat 3rd November

Entry: Free


Sparklers are banned from this event, but you won’t miss a bit of short-lived wand waving when you’re swept away by the stunning torchlight procession from Cubert Square. The Smugglers has been putting on one of Cornwall’s best fireworks nights for years, and you won’t be disappointed with the hog roast and mulled wine, face painting and games for kids, and a disco that’s bound to keep up the heat as the fire dies down.

When? Monday 5th November, torchlight procession starts at 6pm.

Entry: Adult £5, child £2.50 (free car park and shuttle bus to the pub)


Lighting the inferno is only the start of the Bonfire Night extravaganza at Heartlands cultural playground. You’ll certainly remember remember this 5th November, with fairground rides, live bands and food stalls. And of course, as well as the big blaze to warm up by, there’ll be an awesome fireworks display.

When? Monday 5th November, from 6.30pm

Entry: Free (car parking charges apply)


When one of Cornwall’s biggest fireworks displays is put on by the fire fighters themselves, you can guarantee a spectacular show. So, here in Falmouth you can expect safe and magical entertainment for the whole family, with fireworks set to music, fire eaters to gawp at and all manner of foodie treats to gorge on.

When? Monday 5th November, 7pm

Entry: Adults £4, children £2


If you haven’t made your Guy yet, you’d better get busy before this popular fireworks night where Truro’s Mayor will be judging the best Guy and children that bring along an entry get free admission. As well as heads being turned to the city skies as they’re lit by a myriad of colours, there’ll be stalls selling all sorts of bright and sparkly goods, hot food and refreshments.

When? Mon 5th November (Guy judging at 5.15pm)

Entry: Adults £3, children £1

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